On This Day: August 28, 1967 - Asif Iqbal smashes 146 after coming in at #9


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Feb 4, 2005
The only thing that went right for Pakistan in this test was Asif Iqbal's innings of 146 which salvaged Pakistan some pride and helped them avoid an innings defeat.

England won the toss and put Pakistan into bat. Pakistan scored a below par 216 in their first innings and in response England scored 440, gaining a lead of 224 in the first innings. Things didn't get any better for Pakistan going into the second innings as they were reduce to 53/7 still needing 171 runs to make England bat again.

In came Asif Iqbal, batting lower down the order at number 9 and partnered with Intikhab Alam scoring a 190 runs for the ninth-wicket, which became a record in itself. Asif Iqbal went on to score 146 runs, which the highest by any player batting at that position.

From the onset, Asif Iqbal's innings could be described as a counterattack, regularly driving and hooking the ball. He reached 50 off just 56 balls taking the attack to Higgs, Arnold and Underwood.

When Asif Iqbal reached his century, the crowd invaded the pitch and raised him shoulder high. As a result, play was stopped for a few minutes and police were called in to settle things down. It didn't go to well for Asif as he suffered minor injuries in the process.

After batting for over three hours at the crease, Asif Iqbal's innings came to an end as he was stumped off the bowling of Close. His innings of 146 was off just 202 balls which included 21 fours and 2 sixes. While he couldn't prevent Pakistan from defeat, he did provide Pakistan fans for something to cheer about.

Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63009.html
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On This Day August 28, 1967: Asif Iqbal smashes 146 after coming in at #9

What an excellent innings! I quite like Asif Iqbal, the analyst. Keeps things balanced and is not biased in his views.
One of my favourite Pakistani players and THE most politest cricketer I have ever met or spoken to!

He was known as the man of crisis for Pakistan - great loss for Pakistan when he had to retire prematurely due to media pressure (imo)
Wow, we could only dream of a score of about 60/70 from our number 9 nowadays, let alone 146.
Yeah you're right I think he was more a number 6/7 so lower middle order. I think our number 7 nowadays hasn't hit a 100 for a while?
My favourite player from yesteryear, thought he was treated poorly by us.